Worthy Brown's Daughter

Worthy Brown's Daughter

Book - 2014
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Known for his critically acclaimed contemporary thrillers, New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin explores intriguing new territory in Worthy Brown's Daughter, a compelling historical drama, set in nineteenth-century Oregon, that combines a heartbreaking story of slavery and murder with classic Margolin plot twists.

One of a handful of lawyers in the new state of Oregon, recently widowed Matthew Penny agrees to help Worthy Brown, a newly freed slave, rescue his fifteen year old daughter, Roxanne, from their former master, a powerful Portland lawyer. Worthy's lawsuit sets in motion events that lead to Worthy's arrest for murder and create an agonizing moral dilemma that could send either Worthy or Matthew to the hangman.

At the same time, hanging judge Jed Tyler, a powerful politician with a barren personal life, becomes infatuated with a beautiful gold-digger who is scheming to murder Benjamin Gillette, Oregon's wealthiest businessman. When Gillette appears to die from natural causes, Sharon Hill produces a forged contract of marriage and Tyler must decide if he will sacrifice his reputation to defend that of the woman who inspired his irrational obsession.

At Worthy's trial, Matthew saves Worthy by producing a stunning courtroom surprise and his attempt to stop the deadly fortune hunter ends in a violent climax.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2014
ISBN: 9780062195357
Branch Call Number: Pbk MAR


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Nov 05, 2017

I wasn't sure I was going to like this obvious departure of Margolin writing a period piece set in 1860's Oregon and although the legal aspects are quite simplistic, I rather enjoyed the story. It's intriguing that Margolin based it on an actual incident in history. Margolin spends a little more time on characterization than he does in his regular novels but this area is still not his forte.

Written at a grade 10 reading level. It takes an interesting aspect of law in the wild west and stretches it out through violence, romance and Victorian mores. I was taken in by the book reviews. This is not an author I would ever read again, although I might suggest it to a younger reader who would like a black and white plot line.

Aug 29, 2015

The first few chapters were very interesting; then everything kind of degenerated to predictable and boring.

May 26, 2015

The author provided an interesting legal story inspired by actual historical events but failed to convince me that he had a good grasp of other historical details. It's worth reading to understand the difficulties of Blacks in early Oregon but it's not a great novel.

I really enjoyed this story.

athompson10 Aug 26, 2014

Simplistic. In the author's notes, Margolin says this was a book he worked on then put away when his legal thrillers hit. Sorry to say, it reads like a first novel attempt. Very basic characters and plot. About the only interesting thing is the time in which it's set - Oregon, on the brink of the Civil War - and even that's not well drawn.

May 03, 2014

An interesting tale that reveals sordid aspects of slavery but also the character of the black family - so much more human than some of the "whites" in the story. Good courtroom scenes.

May 02, 2014

Excellent, couldn't put it down.

akasq May 02, 2014

Phillip Margolin brings to life the
1860"s , The old north west territory
with clear beauty. A legal thriller that
is something special . A good clean
satisfying ending.

KCLSLibsRecommend Apr 22, 2014

A well researched and intriguing historical narrative based on a true story. Wonderful characterization, setting, and suspense, as in his other titles.

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